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Friday, April 1
Part 1: Biblical and Philosophical Issues  

6:45 PM Gathering, Announcements  

7:00 PM

Why We Should Care About Creation and Science

Jim Gibson

Creation and science are both important in the lives of modern Christians.
Creation helps us understand our place in the world and forms the foundation
for the gospel message. Science helps us understand God’s power and glory,
and contributes to our physical comfort and convenience. Together,
and science remind us of our own limitations and the important role of faith in
the Christian life.

7:20 PM Creation in the Old Testament Ekkehardt Mueller

The OT contains a number of statements about creation, the most prominent
being Gen 1 and 2. How should this passage be interpreted? Should one opt
for a literal or non-literal understanding? Is the text suggesting a recent
creation? What mechanism does the text suggest?

7:40 PM A Brief History of Design Arguments Tim Standish
  Is nature designed? Or is it best explained in terms of chance and natural
laws? Denial of design in nature is not new, and advocacy of design is not
rooted in primitive religious beliefs. While beliefs about what nature ultimately
is may be informed by modern science, questions about design and answers
arrived at are ultimately rooted in ancient worldviews that are and not entirely
subject to science.

8:00 PM

Trilobite: Enigma of Complexity

Art Chadwick

8:20 PM



9:00 PM


Sabbath, April 2
Part 2: Life and Ancestry  

8:45 AM Gathering  

9:00 AM

Origin of Life

Art Chadwick

Just what do evolutionists believe about the origin of life? What data support
their assertions, and what counter arguments can be made? How do I relate
to the argument that life arose naturalistically from nonliving material?

9:20 AM

The Origin of Biodiversity

Jim Gibson

The biblical creation narrative describes the original creation in terms of
diverse types of organisms. This original diversity became corrupted.
There is nothing in Scripture that indicates species would remain forever
unchanged; rather, variation and change are a part of biblical creation theory.

9:40 AM

Natural Selection

Leonard Brand
  Many scientists think that natural selection and mutation can accomplish
the evolution of all of life. However, there are good reasons to think that
natural selection is important in adaptations of organisms to their
environment, but it has no power to make a new kind of animal or plant.

10:00 AM

Human Evolution and the Fossil Record

Ronny Nalin
  The creationist understanding of Scripture, whereby humans are the
product of a divine act of special creation, conflicts with the evolutionary
hypothesis of descent with modification from ancestral primates. What
is the fossil evidence with regard to human evolution? How is it supportive
and how is it challenging for the hypothesis? How are hominid fossil
remains interpreted in a creationist framework? This talk will provide a
brief discussion of these issues that are particularly relevant given the
strong social and ethical implications attached to the topic.

10:20 AM

Evil, Death, and Salvation

Tim Standish
  If a loving omniscient, omnipotent God created the earth and life on it, why
does death and suffering permeate the entire biosphere? Does evil in nature
force the conclusion that God is evil, incompetent or uninvolved? Charles
Darwin thought so, should we?

10:40 AM


11:00 AM

Creation in the New Testament

Ekkehardt Mueller
  In this lecture we will take a look at the NT references to creation, discuss
the contribution of Jesus and his disciples to the theology of creation, and
draw some conclusions for our present situation. The NT testimony to
creation is a much needed supplement to the doctrine of creation as
presented by the OT. It is not only informative but normative for today‘s
followers of Christ.

11:20 AM



12:00 PM


  Part 3: Geological Issues and Time  

1:15 PM Gathering  

1:30 PM

It's All About Time

Ronny Nalin
  How long has life on planet Earth been around for? The answer to this
question is one of the most significant areas of conflict between a
traditional reading of Scripture and the current conventional scientific
understanding of origins. In this talk, we will try to review some of the
evidence that leads modern Geology to the conclusion of a long
chronology for life on Earth. There is, indeed, a recent trend towards
acceptance of evidence for rapid and catastrophic activity in the rock
record. However, a naturalistic explanation for several geological
processes and observations still requires a length of time which is
not easily reconciled with biblical chronology. 

1:50 PM

Radioisotope Dating

Art Chadwick
  This argument continues to be one of the chief stumbling blocks to
acceptance of the Genesis account as written. How can we deal with
this argument and what possible alternatives exist?

2:10 PM

Time and the Fossil Record

Leonard Brand
  Geology presents challenges to a short time for life on earth
(thousands rather than millions of years), but there are also aspects
of geological evidence that support a short time since creation.

2:30 PM

Intermediate Fossils

Tim Standish
  From appeals to “the extreme imperfection of the geological record”
to “punctuated equilibrium” Darwinists have struggled to explain the
lack of intermediate fossils linking different groups of organisms. At
the same time, when a putative “missing link” is found, it is celebrated
as compelling evidence that Darwin was right. What is a “missing link?”
How good are the examples that have been found? Do they really
support Darwin’s theory of gradual evolution over eons?

2:50 PM


Art Chadwick
  What would we learn if we could see a video rerun of the Genesis
flood? Since that is not presently available, is there any other tool
that will let us watch the process of the flood? Yes. Paleocurrents,
water movement directions obtained from the rocks in the geological
column, can help us learn much about the past history of the earth.

3:10 PM



4:00 PM


  Part 4: Response  

4:20 PM Jesus – Creator and Savior Ekkehardt Mueller
  Jesus emphasizes as creator is mentioned a number of times.
Col 1 connects Jesus as Creator with Jesus as Savior and Sustainer
linking inseparably creation and salvation. It is inconsistent to give up
Jesus as Creator or reinterpret his creative activity into an evolutionary
process and yet maintain him as Savior.

4:40 PM

Personal Experiences in Science

Leonard Brand
  In several decades of research in paleontology and geology,
acceptance of a literal biblical worldview has been a help, not a
hindrance, to successful research. It also provided rewarding
experiences in relationships with fellow scientists.

5:00 PM

A Treasure in Jars of Clay

Ronny Nalin
  Two were the main arguments used by the serpent to convince Eve
to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil: a) the promise of
divine omniscience (You will be like God), and b) the suggestion that
God wanted to prevent humans from experiencing and knowing reality
(God does not want you to eat from any tree of the garden). In this talk,
we suggest that Christians are called to find a way between these two
extremes. Godless science does not represent an answer for the needs
of the world. However, we should not think of science as a dangerous
enterprise. The process of integrating empirical evidence in a faith-based
worldview can sometimes lead us to experience tension and uncertainty.
We believe that the difficulty of finding definitive answers may very well
be part of our existential condition. Inner peace comes through
acceptance of the limits of our understanding.

5:20 PM



6:00 PM





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